Make your stuff last forever. Save the planet.
My favorite Makassarese sarong had a big rip in the back. A sarong is a tube of cloth worn as a skirt by men and women in places where the weather is good and the food is tasty. Makassar is a city in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
When I wore this in Indonesia people assumed I was a Moslem scholar from Makassar because I had a beard, this sarong, and a long sleeve shirt. When they asked me about that I would lie and say "I'm from Canada" because at the time the U.S. was being run by madmen. We'd just invaded and bombed a bunch of countries. Usually the person would respond with something like "Is that in New York?".
Step 1: Rip Something
This sarong was getting weak from salt crystals from using it to change in and out of wetsuits.
The cloth is kind of thin but it's still there. Except for the big rip, which was getting too big for me to use anywhere I might want to have a political career.
This is a perfect candidate for zigzag darning.
Step 2: Get Ready to Zig
If you want to promote mending and conserving, use garish contrasting thread.
This gold thread blends in pretty well with most colors.
Step 3: Get Even More Ready
Use the widest zigzag setting your machine has.
Start sewing a half inch away from where the rip starts.
Straddle the rip with your zigzag stitch as you sew along.
If you don't like the way the cloth is being pulled together,
reduce the thread tension setting by turning the proper knobs and screws.
If the needle fails to grab one side of the rip in places, don't worry.
If the cloth is so rotten the thread starts new rips, also don't worry.